Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Make the Most of Spring

There’s no denying it’s difficult to find the motivation to exercise when it’s cold and wet outside. However it is still important to maintain some form of regular exercise during the colder months, so be mindful to keep active during winter and reap the benefits during the warmer months – which are just around the corner

Regular physical exercise will:

• Enhance your metabolic processes which will help to prevent excessive weight gain and obesity (one of the major causes of many health issues)
• Fight winter colds & flu and other pathologies by activating immune responses
• Stimulate blood circulation to improve oxygen supply for organs and tissues, reduce in flammation and enhance tissue detoxification 
• Reduce your stress and get rid of those ‘winter blues’
• Improve your body shape and appearance (to look great in summer clothes)
• Promote physical endurance
• Assist in improving overall health and wellbeing

How much exercise is required?

The general recommendations are that you need 30 minutes of moderate exercise 3-5 days per week. However more is needed to obtain the full benefits exercise can bring. Some frequently asked questions about exercise are:

•  How often and for how long should you exercise?
• What kind of exercise and what levels of intensity would be most suitable for you?
• How you should progress your program, whether there is a need to amend it, and if so, what changes are needed?
• Is the physical activity adequate; is there a risk that it may aggravate your problems?

You can find out the answers to these questions from your Physiotherapist following your FREE Full Body Assessment process. Phone (03) 9576-9233

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